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Does anyone know how accurate an amnio is?

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Nikki2ol6 Mon 24-Oct-16 07:58:54

I had an amnio done at 21 weeks and I got my first results back the next day which was negative for downs, Edwards and pataus syndrome. I waited a further 15 days for the rest of my results which on the phone the midwife from the hospital told me they were all normal. At 28 weeks I had another scan and the dr said my results from my amnio were normal which is reassuring...... I didn't think too much but now I wonder how accurate they actually are? Does anyone know?

bonzo77 Mon 24-Oct-16 08:04:56

100%. They're the gold standard of genetic testing.

You sound very anxious.

missyB1 Mon 24-Oct-16 08:08:34

100% as they look directly at the chromosomes.

drinkyourmilk Mon 24-Oct-16 08:12:36

A quick Google says that an amniocentesis is 98-99% accurate.
I can understand why you are nervous if you've had markers for concern previously - but I'd say that following the amino the risk is incredibly small.
if you need to know with 100% accuracy then you can pat privately for the harmony test, it's approx £500 and just a blood test from you.
It's worth speaking to your midwifery team about your concerns. Mine have been incredibly patient and reassuring.

SweepTheHalls Mon 24-Oct-16 08:16:43

Drinkyourmilk, Harmony is less accurate than an amnio.

hopeful31yrs Mon 24-Oct-16 08:37:06

amnio takes Fetal DNA from the fluid directly around baby - therefore it's 100% accurate as you're looking directly at their genetic material. If you have a negative result then you can relax

NIPT tests takes Fetal DNA from the bloodstream of the mother (which includes her DNA/placental DNA and other DNA [depending on multiple births]) - so there is a margin of error and hence why the test is not 100%. it is therefore labelled as a screening test.

Nikki2ol6 Mon 24-Oct-16 09:39:44

Thank you everyone I did ask them how accurate it was at the time when I signed the forms and she said it will give you a yes or no answer but that's all she said. And yes very anxious about it all

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